Biology

New technologies and new ideas have contributed to making the biological sciences one of the most explosive areas of modern intellectual pursuit.

At Wesleyan, students are challenged to use the study of biology as a means to develop their full cognitive potential. The program embraces the philosophy that to understand science, a student must participate actively in the scientific process. Wesleyan offers majors in biology, neuroscience, and environmental studies; minors are offered in biology, neuroscience, environmental studies, and environmental science. Also available are a premedical preparatory program and pre-professional school advising for medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary, and allied health programs. Wesleyan offers instruction in a wide range of biological specialties including molecular and cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, forensic biology, neurophysiology, animal behavior, field biology, reproductive biology, genetics, and genomics. Today, one third of all physicians and surgeons and almost half of all medical students are women.

The prestigious Munroe Scholars Program provides two full-tuition scholarships annually to academically superior first-year applicants for admission with interests in the sciences, mathematics, or dual-degree engineering. Preference is given to students who demonstrate particular promise in scientific inquiry or research. Eligible candidates must be invited to compete at Scholarship Day, possess strong academic credentials, and demonstrate an interest and ability to engage in research. Recipients also are eligible for research stipends of up to $1,000 during their junior and senior years.

Major: Biology
Minor: Biology
Related Majors: Environmental Studies, Neuroscience
Related Minors: Neuroscience, Environmental Studies
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Student BRITTNEY CARROLL stands in a field of flowers.

BRITTNEY CARROLL

Brittney ’17 is an environmental studies major and a biology minor. Brittney enjoys studying in the Wesleyan arboretum and knows her future work will be in the natural world, which might include helping animals or conserving our natural resources.

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ZAHNA BIGHAM

A Mary Knox McNeill Scholar, Zahna Bigham ’18 is majoring in biology and double minoring in chemistry and neuroscience. Recently she served as a summer undergraduate research fellow in San Diego, California. After graduation, Zahna plans to earn her MD and PhD and work as a surgical pediatric oncologist.

student AMANDA PEREZ smiles at the camera

AMANDA PEREZ

Munroe Scholar Amanda Perez ’17 is earning her biology degree and plans to attend medical school to become a physician. She credits undergraduate research opportunities at Wesleyan for teaching her the skills necessary for the internship she held at Georgia Cancer Specialists in Macon.

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Start Your Research Early

All members of the biology faculty maintain active student-faculty research programs and almost seventy percent of biology majors conduct undergraduate independent research during their time at Wesleyan. Most of these student researchers present their results at regional or national scientific meetings. Much of this research is conducted in our Munroe Science Center, a state-of-the-art facility that includes modern teaching laboratories, fully equipped research laboratories, multiple ancillary support spaces including a greenhouse, multi-species animal colony, cell culture facility, neurophysiology lab, and microscopy room. One hundred wooded acres of the Wesleyan Arboretum and Foster Lake provide an additional wealth of field study sites. Wesleyan students can engage in community service through The Center for Women in Science and Technology.

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Outside The Classroom

Local internship opportunities are available in the areas of pediatrics, gerontology, general dentistry and orthodontics, optometry, public health, and large and small animal veterinary medicine. Biology majors often engage in summer undergraduate research at universities and pharmaceutical companies across the country. Because we value helping our students experience other cultures, ecosystems, and habitats, biology faculty members have recently guided student trips to Belize, England, and Italy.

Wesleyan Women In Biology Careers

IHUNANYA stands in hallway of Hospital.

IHUNANYA MBATA ’06

After graduating from Wesleyan Ihus studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and London School of Economics and Political Science and earned her medical degree from Duke University. Today Ihus is an internal medicine hospitalist at TeamHealth in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

alumnae Sylvia Gonsahn- Bollie smiles as she is highlighted for young alumnae award

SYLVIA GONSAHN-BOLLIE ’06

A cum laude biology graduate, Sylvia serves as a primary care physician specializing in preventative medicine and chronic disease management at Bon Secours Health System in Richmond, VA. While in medical school at George Washington University, she completed a resident rotation at the National Institute of Health Office of Disease Prevention.

alumnae ADITI DEY ’13 sits at desk with book open

ADITI DEY ’13

A Munroe Scholar, Aditi graduated magna cum laude with a triple major in psychology, biology, and neuroscience. At Wesleyan, Aditi served as a research assistant in Dr. James Rowan’s comparative cognition lab. She is now a Resident in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins Childrens' Hospital after receiving her doctoral degree from the Medical College of Georgia.

 

APPROXIMATELY 70% OF OUR BIOLOGY MAJORS CONTINUE THEIR EDUCATION AT GRADUATE SCHOOLS SUCH AS:

Yale, Dartmouth, Princeton, Northwestern University, Washington University, University of Georgia, University of Maryland, Penn State University, Scripps Research Institute, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Texas, Georgia Health Sciences University Medical School, University of Minnesota, Auburn University Veterinary School, University of Pennsylvania Dental School, Baylor College

 

Graduates have also found employment at the following organizations:

Virginia Tech, Georgia Industrial Children's Home, Novartis Institute, Brandeis University, The National Park Service, Beckman Coulter

CAREER CHOICES OF WESLEYAN BIOLOGY MAJORS:

RESEARCH

A research scientist plans and carries out experiments and investigations to broaden scientific knowledge in a range of areas, from life sciences to industrial processes.

MEDICAL DOCTOR

A person who has been educated, trained, and licensed to practice the art and science of medicine.

PA

A physician's assistant (PA) is a person certified to provide basic medical services usually under the supervision of a licensed physician.

PUBLIC HEALTH

Public health is the science of protecting and improving the health of families and communities through promotion of healthy lifestyles, research for disease and injury prevention, and detection and control of infectious diseases.

ADVANCED Nursing

A registered nurse has education beyond the basic nursing degree and is certified by a nationally recognized professional organization in a nursing specialty, or meets other criteria established by a Board of Nursing.

CONSERVATIONIST

A person who advocates or promotes conservation, especially of natural resources.

DENTIST

A person qualified to treat the diseases and conditions that affect the teeth and gums.

VETERINARIAN

The medical science concerned with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases in animals.

Barry K. Rhoades
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James B. Ferrari
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Wanda T. Schroeder
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90%

The approximate percentage of Wesleyan biology graduates who enter graduate programs or who are employed in an area related to their major.

30

Number of majors we offer including the Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees

81%

Of full-time faculty members hold the highest degree in their fields.

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